[Slides & Video] Small Changes for Big Results: How to Optimize Your Online Donations

Is your online donation form communicating a strong reason for site visitors to take action and donate? Perhaps it’s time to take a critical look at your online donation form and how it’s motivating – or not motivating – your prospective donors. Research shows that even small changes can generate big results! We are thrilled to share the slides and video from NetSquared Vancouver’s October meetup where we learned more about some best practices that can improve and optimize your online fundraising efforts. This presentation is courtesy of iATS Payments’s Heather Ballachey.

Video

This webinar-style video captures the slides and audio from Heather’s presentation. However, you’re missing out on the part where we broke into groups to test each other’s donation forms on a mobile device. Try it. You’ll be horrified!

October 2014: Nonprofit Technology Events in Vancouver

Fall is here, which means it’s almost fundraising season! To help you Net2van and our community partners have scheduled a trio of events to help you raise more money online.

UPCOMING NET2VAN EVENTS

All NetSquared Vancouver events are free or by donation.

Small Changes for Big Results: How to Optimize Your Online Donations

When: Tuesday, October 7

RSVP: http://goo.gl/JVzprm

Is your online donation form communicating a strong reason for site visitors to take action and donate? Perhaps it’s time to take a critical look at your online donation form and how it’s motivating – or not motivating – your prospective donors. Research shows that even small changes can generate big results! Join us to learn more about some best practices that can improve and optimize your online fundraising efforts.

Social Media Tune-Up for Nonprofits (with Hootsuite!)

When: Wednesday, October 15

RSVP: http://goo.gl/yvwgnm

Scaling your social media within current resources is often a challenge for NGOs. How do you manage multiple social media platforms without budgeting more for a social media manager or a social team? Hootsuite’s coaches will show you how it’s possible to scale your social media, connect with more supporters and increase the organic reach of your communications. Each attendee will get a 30 minute one-on-one consultation with a Hootsuite coach and get group help from topic-themed table discussions.

Holiday Fundraising Bootcamp: 5 Strategies to Ensure Fundraising Success

When: Tuesday, November 4

RSVP: http://goo.gl/B3tKGl

Join Briteweb’s Creative Director, Samantha Langdorf, as she shares 5 essential tips to maximize your holidays efforts. Samantha will draw from experiences and present case studies from working with clients such as Acumen, Obakki Foundation and Possible Healthcare.

UPCOMING EVENTS FROM OUR COMMUNITY FRIENDS

NetSquared Vancouver isn’t the organizer of these events, but we think they’re worth checking out.

3D Printing Active Forum: Plastic Bank

When: Wednesday, October 8

RSVP: http://goo.gl/nAdl3w

Learn how to make 3DP Filament from waste plastic through a participatory plastic recycling activity. The Plastic Bank is a social enterprise turning plastic waste into a currency that can be exchanged to help lift people out of poverty.

Media Democracy Days Presents Bandwidth: A Multimedia Fundraiser

When: Wednesday, October 8

RSVP: http://goo.gl/0vfVa6

Media Democracy Day is excited to announce Bandwidth: A Multimedia Fundraiser. Oct 8, 7:30PM, at Astorino’s, featuring hot local bands, silent auction, projection, art, & more. Find out more at their event page, and come out to support MDD and local voices

Engaging the Next Generation of Donors

When: Thursday, October 9

RSVP: http://afpvancouver.org/Upcoming-Events.aspx

Results from the 2014 Millennial Impact Report, show 87 percent of the 1,514 employed Millennials surveyed had donated money to a non-profit last year. The majority of that percentage donated gifts larger than $100. Is your organization tapping into this market segment?

BC Association of Social Workers Conference

When: Friday and Saturday, October 17 & 18

RSVP: http://goo.gl/t09OCL

Participate in a panel discussion on ethics, workshops on ethics, advocacy, strategies for families and mental health service providers, leadership with seniors, community collaboration, trauma-informed practice, child protection research, building resilience, mediation, field supervision and more.

Young Innovators Crawl

When: Sunday, October 19

RSVP: http://goo.gl/RB7VBh

Vancouver is home to many talented young people who are passionately innovative. On October 19, join us on a lively and interactive journey, as we travel together through the creative hubs of the city exploring studios, workshops, installations, dialogues, and exhibits. Enjoy a sneak peak and be inspired as we showcase our brightest and best young innovators!

Job Fair for People with Disabilities

When: Thursday, October 23

RSVP: http://goo.gl/AiyRdb

This Job Fair is exclusively for job seekers living with a disability. It will feature employers committed to a representative workforce, as well as service providers.

Vantage Point Workshops

This Fall is an exciting time for your professional development with four new programs launching in October and November.

Media Democracy Days Presents Bandwidth: A Multimedia Fundraiser

When: Wednesday, October 8

RSVP: http://goo.gl/0vfVa6

Media Democracy Day is excited to announce Bandwidth: A Multimedia Fundraiser. Oct 8, 7:30PM, at Astorino’s, featuring hot local bands, silent auction, projection, art, & more. Find out more at their event page, and come out to support MDD and local voices

17th Annual National Philanthropy Day – Luncheon, Keynote & Interactive Dialogue

When: Friday, November 14

RSVP: http://afpvancouver.org/Upcoming-Events.aspx

Giving Hearts Awards and Keynote Speech by Craig Kielburger, Activist, Co-founder of Free the Children and Co-founder of Me to We.

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Testimonial from Jack Jardine of Smart Change

Jack Jardine, Smart Change

Jack Jardine from Facebook 2014-09-24Because I was a newcomer to Vancouver a key funder recommended I attend Net2 events. Consequently, about a third of my skilled volunteer and paid staff have been found at Net 2. I have been able to inform myself and Smart Change in CASL, digital engagement, and modern community building.

One of the most amazing things about Net2 is the deep and broad matrix of relationships. It is frequent for professionals from diverse fields to have met, and collaborated through Net2.

Because of the value of Net2, I have committed Smart Change to be the still photograph resource for the next 6 months.

Thanks for your efforts, and thanks to the companies and organizations who sponsor you.

Testimonial from Daniel Dubois of ShareShed

Daniel Dubois, Director at The Collaborative Project and ShareShed

Daniel Dubois from LinkedIn 2014-09-24“I’ve been super busy starting my social website for community sharing but the last few months is been a pretty amazing journey. From attending a Net Tuesday event I connected with someone from Car Surfing which started the conversation that had me end up meeting with companies like Google and Facebook in San Francisco the same time as the “finding your story” event. I was also just confirmed to speak at We Day Vancouver on October 18. That one simple Net Tuesday night has done a lot for me!”

Quoted September 2013

NGO Ho Ho Ho Planning Call

RSVP for conference call details. 

Date: Tuesday, September 30. Noon – 1:00 PM

Let’s hold a Net2van holiday party in late November/ early December. Wanna get involved? Join me for the first call as we choose a venue and determine what the event will look like.

We’ll need event planners, marketers, designers, people with connections to musicians/DJs, hosts, decorating crews and more!

Money and Parties

This Net2van update is awesome. It features two ways your charity can bring in money and one opportunity to help create the best holiday party ever. :-)

  1. Storymakers Video Contest – enter now.
  2. Donation Matching Offer – apply here.
  3. Net2van Holiday Party – [get involved](http://www.net2van.com/about/volunteer/](http://www.net2van.com/about/volunteer/).

Storymakers Video Contest

StoryMakers 2014 – TechSoup Global’s annual nonprofit video contest is accepting applications until September 26. Enter for a chance to win $13,000 in prizes, to have your video showcased across the TechSoup Global network and to build a great fundraising tool along the way. Learn how to make stories that stand out! http://j.mp/1ys2wgZ

Last year’s winner came from Vancouver… Let’s show that Vancouver rules nonprofit video.

Donation Matching from Chimp

Fighting Poverty? Double Every Charitable Donation this Fall. Ignite Giving supports BC charities working to alleviate poverty – including

those in homelessness, mental health, and related services.

Starting September 1, campaign sponsors are offering over $125,000 in matching

dollars to participating charities. Donations will be matched via Chimp up to a

maximum of $1000 per donor. Apply here.

Net2van Holiday Party

“Because changing the world is hard work!”

We’re planning an NGO HOHOHO – the holiday party for Vancouver’s non-profit community. There will be music, drinks, door prizes and best of all – a room full of people who are involved with making Victoria an awesome city.

But we need your help to make it happen. Interested in learning more and helping us plan? Fill out the form at http://www.net2van.com/about/volunteer/

This event is inspired by Net2 Victoria.

SLIDES AND VIDEO: $ocial Media? Using small wins to grow social media revenue

Slides

Ever heard it said “there’s no ‘$’ in social media. Just a plain old letter ‘s’?” Many organizations have found that a strong social media presence has not yet translated directly into significant fundraising revenue.

Shoni Field shares the BC SPCA’s experiences using a ‘small wins’ approach to growing their social media sourced revenue. This video was recorded at NetSquared Vancouver’s September 2, 2014 meetup.

Video: Shoni’s Presentation

Video: Needs Parade Community Updates

PRESENTER

Shoni Field for Net2van

Shoni Field

As Director of Fundraising Innovation at the BC SPCA, Shoni Field explores dynamic opportunities in micro-campaign and peer-to-peer fundraising that deeply engages their support base. Shoni has eighteen years of experience in direct response fundraising. She has worked with a range of non-profits including The Pembina Institute, Imagine1Day, EcoJustice, The Arthritis Society and the B.C. Cancer Agency.

Net2van September News

Net2van September Update

Fall is coming, which means it’s almost fundraising season! To help you Net2van and our community partners have scheduled a trio of events to help you raise more money online.

UPCOMING NET2VAN EVENTS

All NetSquared Vancouver events are free or by donation.

$ocial Media? Using small wins to grow social media revenue

When: Tuesday, September 2

RSVP: http://goo.gl/7ZXBQ7

Many organizations have found that a strong social media presence has not yet translated directly into significant fundraising revenue.The BC SPCA’s Shoni Field will share their experiences using a ‘small wins’ approach to growing their social media sourced revenue.

Case studies include: BC SPCA Medical Emergency, Second Chance Holiday Campaign, Calendar Contest and National Cupcake Days.

Best Practices for Online Donations

When: Tuesday, October 7

RSVP: http://goo.gl/JVzprm

Social Media Tune-Up for Nonprofits (with Hootsuite!)

When: Wednesday, October 15

RSVP: http://goo.gl/yvwgnm

Prepare for #GivingTuesday with online fundraising tips from Hootsuite’s expert coaches.

Holiday Fundraising Bootcamp: 10 Tips to Ensure Fundraising Success

When: Tuesday, November 4

RSVP: http://goo.gl/B3tKGl

Join Briteweb’s Creative Director, Samantha Langdorf, as she shares 10 essential tips to maximize your holidays efforts. Samantha will draw from experiences and present case studies from working with clients such as Acumen, Obakki Foundation and Possible Healthcare.

UPCOMING EVENTS FROM OUR COMMUNITY FRIENDS

Storymakers

StoryMakers 2014 – TechSoup Global’s annual digital storytelling campaign combining webinars, global tweet- chats, and meet-ups – opens for submissions August 26, 2014. Enter for a chance to win $13,000 in prizes, to have your video showcased across the TechSoup Global network and to build a great fundraising tool along the way. Learn how to make stories that stand out! http://j.mp/1ys2wgZ

Importing & Global Change in the Raiser’s Edge

When: Thursday, September 18

RSVP: http://goo.gl/I73o7G

This event will cover the topics of Importing and Global Change, Add & Delete inThe Raiser’s Edge. Baird Hall from O-matic Software will be presenting on Import-o-matic, an advanced and flexible import utility for The Raiser’s Edge that saves organizations countless hours by streamlining and standardizing imports.

Scotiabank Philanthropic Forum

When: Wednesday, Sept 24

More info: http://goo.gl/Ss1bfL

Industry leaders will share insights into philanthropic trends, best practices and the charitable giving climate in British Columbia.

Salesforce Nonprofit user group: Talking about data maintenance

When: Thursday Sept 25; 2–4pm at salesforce office in gastown.

RSVP: email bbreisnes@davidsuzuki.org

Mining the Potential of Special Events with special guest presenter Chris Lowe

When: Thursday, September 25

RSVP: http://bit.ly/ubdtRk

Chris Lowe knows all there is to know about special events and he’s willing to share it with us at this exciting breakfast event!

Volunteer Futures conference

When: Thursday, September 25 and Friday, September 26

RSVP: http://goo.gl/cnvkSU

Learn from one another and make connections at Volunteer Futures. The 2-day conference is filled with inspiring keynote addresses, practical workshops and plenty of opportunities to network with non-profit colleagues from across BC.

British Columbia Association for Charitable Gaming Symposium

When: Tuesday September 30 and Wednesday October 1

RSVP: http://goo.gl/VhEDji

The 2014 Symposium is themed around Public Policy and Communications with some time spent talking about the Community Gaming Grant program.

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VIDEO: The End of Slacktivism

OpenMedia.ca’s Vojtech Sedlak joined Net2van for our summer meetup to share their strategy for converting clicktivists to online activists. Find out how one of the leading Canadian online advocacy groups understands and facilitates online engagement and learn how you can can help your supporters find their way to deeper online engagement.

Community Updates

Members of the Net2van community shared their latest projects and needs during our one-minute updates.